A biography of Maria Callas covering her time with La Scala opera, by Vittoria Crespi Morbio.
Imprint: Umberto Allemandi & Co; 160 pages with 94 black and white photos and 48 in colour.
ISBN 10: 8842215600
Publisher: Umberto Allemandi & Co
Publication Date: 15/02/2008
Maria Callas (1923-1977) sang on the stage of La Scala for thirteen years. She made her debute in 1950 with Verdi's "Aida" and her farewell came in 1962 with Cherubini's "Medea".
In that brief, dazzling time, the Greek singer forever changed the image of the diva and her rapport with the public. No longer a credible nightingale, the artist became an actress, a refined narrator, choralist, and her own director.
Callas' stage movements, her sculpted poses, her infinite range of facial and gestural expressions were the cornerstones of legendary performances, above all "La Triviata" directed by Luchino Visconti in 1955.
Now, over thirty years after her death, the "Teatro alla Scala" celebrates this most loved and talked about diva, a peerless artist who became an icon of modernity.
La Scala is a world renowned opera house in Milan, Italy. The theatre was inaugurated on 3 August 1778 and was originally known as the New Royal-Ducal Theatre at La Scala (Italian: Nuovo Regio Ducale Teatro alla Scala).
The premiere performance was Antonio Salieri's Europa Riconosciuta. Today the theatre is recognized as one of the leading opera and ballet theatres in the world and is home to the La Scala Theatre Chorus, La Scala Theatre Ballet and La Scala Theatre Orchestra.